Mar 22 2016

1996: March 23-29

tvweek_230396Cover: Aaron Jeffery, Sophie Heathcote (Water Rats)

Sigrid set for murder
The Seven and Nine networks have been in battle over the latest project to come from producer Hal McElroy. Murder Calling, a 26-part series based on Jennifer Rowe‘s Verity Birdwood mystery series, was initially in development between McElroy’s company, Southern Star Xanadu, and the Seven Network. When Seven decided the series should take on a Murder She Wrote style, Southern Star took back the project without Seven’s financial assistance. The series was then pitched to both Nine and Ten, with Nine picking it up. Murder Calling is set to star Sigrid Thornton as private investigator Birdwood. Production on the series is due to start in the second half of the year.

gladiators_0003‘Daryl’s a dead duck!’
Following last week‘s comments from Daryl Somers that “Gladiators is gone”, two of the Gladiators, Vulcan and Delta, have fought back — though with tongue firmly in cheek. “We’ve got the dumb duck and now we’re coming to get you and your program, man,” Vulcan (clutching Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Plucka Duck) said in his over-the-top manner. “That’s it! It (Hey Hey) is finished! Leave it to the fit and good looking people. Six-thirty Saturday night is our timeslot. It is time for you to go. Hasta la vista, baby!” Delta responded to Somers’ claims that Gladiators is mostly only popular with children. “I get a lot of fan mail from over 18-year-olds right up to 45-year-old and even some grandmothers,” she told TV Week. “I can only challenge Daryl to come over and watch us film and have a go at a few things. If he thinks this is kids’ stuff, I can guarantee him it’s not.”

dieterbrummer_0002Dieter exposes naked truth
Former Home And Away star Dieter Brummer (pictured) is set to bare all, behind some strategically placed fig leaves, in Seven‘s upcoming special, The World’s Greatest Nude Moments. The show, hosted by Frankie J Holden, is set to uncover various aspects of nude culture — including the nudist colony where the special is being filmed, plus the world’s only nude city (it’s in France) and HG Nelson exploring the merits of nude volleyball and skiing. Brummer’s segment is based on the various activities one should or shouldn’t do while nude. “I can’t remember it all, but it’s things like you shouldn’t do iron ore smelting or fry eggs nude,” he told TV Week. “It’s pretty funny, and basically anything you can do clothed, you can do nude.”

Briefly…

  • Former Echo Point star Diarmid Heidenreich, now appearing as a pizza delivery boy in a series of commercials, is set to host a new children’s game show for Nine. Challenger is to be produced at Nine’s Brisbane studios. Meanwhile, Seven is to launch a new action game show for kids called Timemasters.
  • Some of the names set to be making guest appearances in Nine‘s late night soap Pacific Drive include Sarah Chadwick, Tony Bonner, Ross Newton and Chris Haywood.
  • Aaron Pedersen is to star in The Territorians, a two-hour telemovie for the Seven Network that tells the story of an Aboriginal policeman and the city detective he works with while investigating a series of murders in the Outback.
  • Suddenly noted to be absent from program schedules are Seven‘s newly-launched variety-game show Talking Telephone Numbers and Ten‘s Beyond 2000. The latter was bumped to the 4.30pm Saturday timeslot earlier this year.
  • scottmajor_0001Former Heartbreak High star Scott Major (pictured) takes on a controversial role in this week’s GP. Major plays the part of a 17-year-old lover of a pregnant, 39-year-old woman, to be played by Tracy Mann. “I’m a big believer in the idea that age doesn’t matter,” he told TV Week.
  • Speculation is that Home And Away is to be struck by an earthquake. Scripts haven’t been written yet so the earth won’t be moving until late in the year.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 3 March 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2176000
2 ER Nine Thu 2092000
3 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1974000
4 National Nine News Nine M-F 1798000
5 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1761000
6 National Nine News Nine Sun 1696000
7 National Nine News Nine Sat 1690000
8 The X Files Ten Wed 1681000
9 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1680000
10 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1659000
11 JAG Seven Mon 1591000
12 Who Dares Wins Seven Wed 1578000
13 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1518000
14 Sale Of The Century Nine Tu-F 1506000
15 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1486000
16 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1472000
17 The Nanny Ten Sun 1464000
18 Movie: Pretty Woman Seven Thu 1456000
19 Movie: Point Break Ten Sun 1452000
20 Weddings Nine Wed 1424000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, March 23-29):
Saturday: Gladiators‘ International Series (6.30pm, Seven) reaches its First Semi-Final, while the Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) reaches its Grand Final, featuring St Kilda versus Carlton. Comedy show Roy & HG (9.30pm, ABC) returns with a new series.

Sunday: In Talk To The Animals (6.30pm, Seven), Jane Holmes visits Australia’s first kitty kindergarten at the Seaforth Veterinary Hospital. This week’s episode of Naked: Stories Of Men (8.30pm, ABC) features Ghost Story, the story of a 14-year-old Chinese boy who is disturbed by recurring dreams after his mother commits suicide. Sunday night movies are The Man Without A Face (repeat, Seven), Forever Young (repeat, Nine) and The Lawnmower Man (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Danni (Eliza Szonert) is off to Sydney for three weeks to help launch a fashion label. In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Billy Pope’s (Gary Waddell) girlfriend is found murdered on the eve of giving evidence in an enquiry into police corruption. In comedy series After The Beep (8pm, ABC), Jo (Geneviève Lemon) quits her job after a fight with her boss and arrives home to find her house has been burgled. In Pacific Drive (11.15pm, Nine), Bethany (Melissa Tkautz) keeps her distance from Adam (Mark Constable) and takes an HIV test.

Tuesday: In The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven), Bridget Adams joins the festivities of the Cannstatter Volkfest in Stuttgart, Germany, and visits the Mercedes Benz Museum. The 68th Academy Awards (8.30pm, Nine) are on a delayed telecast from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. Films nominated for Best Picture are Apollo 13, Babe, Braveheart, The Postman and Sense And Sensibility.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Dylan (Corey Glaistner) won’t talk about Shane’s (Dieter Brummer) death. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), the West End firies have to consider mutiny on the fireground when confronted by an officer who appears to be mad.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Jo (Emma Harrison) worries about her career as an aerobics instructor after she discovers Toadie’s (Ryan Moloney) motivation for joining her classes. Comedians Julia Morris and Jimeoin are among the cast of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (8.30pm, Seven) from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.

Friday: Due to the upcoming weekend’s Victorian election coverage, Hey Hey It’s Saturday (8.30pm, Nine) makes another special Friday appearance. The one-hour special Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures In Japan (8.30pm, Seven) features Rex Hunt touring Japan, including fishing in the Nagara River, and tours the city’s aquarium which recreates different environments from around the world. The AFL Premiership Season kicks off with Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven), featuring Melbourne versus Geelong at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 23 March 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

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Mar 15 2016

1996: March 16-22

tvweek_160396Gladiators is gone!
Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Daryl Somers has hosed down predictions from rival Seven Network that the 25-year-old show will struggle to rate in 1996. While he acknowledges that Seven’s Gladiators is having some success in the Saturday night battle, he notes that success come down to demographics. “If you look at the demographic of their show, they are attracting 5 to 12-year-olds,” he told TV Week. “We are in a very strong position because we have the 18-to-35 age group sewn up. As far as advertising agencies are concerned, that’s the important aspect of all this.” And in a bid to keep the show fresh, Somers has signed up Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show host Jo Beth Taylor to join the show. “We’ve always been a very blokey show and we’ve existed very successfully under that banner,” Somers said. “There has not been a conscious effort to keep women off the show but I felt that we should make an effort to address the imbalance. Jo Beth is an extremely talented girl. She has flair and a natural personality, which I think is essential for our show.”

danielamalmDaniel sails away from home
Home And Away star Daniel Amalm is the latest of the show’s teen actors to leave the series. Amalm, who has played the part of Jack Wilson for three years, is hoping to crack into the music industry. Before joining Home And Away he had trained as a guitarist and has since been experimenting with fusing Spanish-Latin guitar with rap for a single to be released later this year. “I’m looking forward to it, because I’m going to get stuck into things and try and create an original style,” he told TV Week. Amalm’s exit from the series will see his character Jack go off to join the navy.

lisamccunejohnwoodTV cops shoot it out
The rivalry between the Seven and Nine networks has now extended to cop dramas, with Seven’s Blue Heelers now getting a challenge from Nine’s new Water Rats. Seven tried to rain on Nine’s parade by a last-minute schedule change that saw Blue Heelers return for 1996 with a movie-length double episode on a Monday night, right up against the movie-length debut of Water Rats. But since then Blue Heelers has settled back into its regular Tuesday night slot, and Water Rats is gaining a popular following on Mondays. The irony in the network rivalry over the shows is that both have come from the same producer — Hal McElroy — but he won’t get caught up in comparing the two shows. “I just hope that people will view the success of Blue Heelers and Water Rats as an encouragement to the whole industry and not just a particular triumph for Hal,” he told TV Week. “I think the success is good for everybody.” Blue Heelers star John Wood (pictured with co-star Lisa McCune) is also talking down any suggestion of rivalry between the shows and supports the idea that there is plenty of room for both dramas to thrive. “From what I’ve seen of Water Rats, it appears to be action based, whereas we are character based,” he told TV Week. “Blue Heelers has more of an English influence, whereas Water Rats is probably more American-based.”

Briefly…

  • Rebecca Gibney, a familiar face on Nine‘s Halifax fp, is to take on roles both in front and behind the camera for a new mini-series being planned for Seven. Kangaroo Palace is set to tell the story of four Australians who set off on a journey of discovery to London in the 1960s.
  • normancoburnemilysymonsWedding bells will soon be ringing in Home And Away… or will they? Summer Bay’s stuffy school principal Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) is set to pop the question to Marilyn (Emily Symons), although Seven has not confirmed whether or not the couple (pictured) will actually make it down the aisle.
  • Joining Wendy Hughes in the cast of Ten‘s new drama State Coroner is a supporting cast including Elaine Smith (Neighbours), Christopher Stollery (The Flying Doctors), Nick Carrafa (Neighbours, Acropolis Now), Bob Baines and Elise McCredie. Production on the show’s two-hour telemovie pilot is to begin soon in Melbourne.
  • Although ABC has decided not to go ahead with a proposed youth comedy show called Fat City, it has announced plans to launch a new Saturday morning pop culture-music show, Recovery. Described as a cross between former ABC shows Beatbox and The Factory, Recovery is set to debut later this month.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 25 February 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 ER Nine Thu 1921000
2 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1887000
3 National Nine News Nine M-F 1737000
4 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1678000
5 JAG Seven Mon 1670000
6 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1661000
7 National Nine News Nine Sun 1612000
8 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1606000
9 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1577000
10 The X Files Ten Wed 1577000
11 Election ’96 Nine Sat 1544000
12 Great Aussie Bloopers Seven Wed 1526000
13 Ellen Seven Thu 1493000
14 Weddings Nine Wed 1478000
15 Our House Nine Wed 1463000
16 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1412000
17 Water Rats Nine Mon 1412000
18 The Nanny Ten Sun 1400000
19 National Nine News Nine Sat 1350000
20 Home And Away Seven M-F 1342000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, March 16-22):
Saturday: Ken Sutcliffe and Max Walker are back with another season of Wide World Of Sports (1pm, Nine). The 90-minute special The Crawford Story (8.30pm, Nine) presents a nostalgic look at the shows to come from producers Hector and Dorothy Crawford.

simonbakerdennySunday: In Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Matt (Andrew Clarke) is held responsible when the government decides to take back land. The Final of the Cricket World Cup (8.30pm, Nine) is live from Lahore, Pakistan. Simon Baker-Denny (pictured) and Judith McGrath (A Country Practice, Prisoner) star in Blind Side Breakaway (8.30pm, ABC), this week’s episode of Naked: Stories Of Men. Sunday night movies are The Sum Of Us (Seven) and Sneakers (repeat, Ten).

magdaszubanskigarrymcdonaldMonday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), the police stakeout of the Kennedy house goes horribly wrong when Cody Willis (Peta Brady) is shot. In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), police investigating the death of a recreational diver assume it was accident, while the insurance company claims it was suicide. Garry McDonald and Magda Szubanski (pictured) host 40 Years Of Television (8.30pm, Seven), a look back at Australian television through the years — featuring footage of programs from all networks, including The Aunty Jack Show, The Box, The Mavis Bramston Show, Blankety Blanks and Bellbird. Guest presenter Amanda Keller presents a segment on the show dedicated to the sacred sites of Australian TV, including Wentworth Detention Centre (Prisoner), Ramsay Street (Neighbours), Russell Street Police Headquarters (Homicide) and the apartment block that depicted Number 96.

Tuesday: In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Maureen (Melissa Jaffer) becomes the guardian of a teenage girl after the death of a close friend.

liddyclark_0001Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) tells Alex (Nick Freedman) she’s moving in with him. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Seldom (Damian Pike) is no closer to breaking Jimmy Runyon’s (Kim Gyngell) insurance scam, so he enlists the help of an old friend, Arson Squad Detective Jean Diamond (Liddy Clark, pictured). In Pacific Drive (10.55pm, Nine), a disillusioned Tim (Darrin Klimek) almost drowns and is rescued by Callie (Danielle Spencer) and Luke (Steve Harman).

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke’s (Bernard Curry) entry into the police force is threatened when he misses an obstacle in the agility course.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Toadie (Ryan Moloney) is about to quit the accelerated learning program. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Alex (Nick Freedman) gives Shannon (Isla Fisher) a ring, confirming his commitment to her; and Sally (Kate Ritchie) learns the identity of her father.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Timesand TV Guide. 9 March 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

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Mar 10 2016

Obituary: Jon English

jonenglishJon English, singer, songwriter and actor on stage and television, has died following complications while undergoing surgery.

The 66-year-old was surrounded by his partner and children at the time of his death.

Born in the United Kingdom, English emigrated to Australia with his family in the early 1960s. He’d shown an interest in music from an early age, starting in his first rock band as a teenager.

He rose to fame in the early 1970s playing the part of Judas Iscariot in the stage production Jesus Christ Superstar.

English continued recording albums and performing on stage while scoring minor acting roles in various TV productions including Number 96, Matlock Police and Homicide. He continued to perform as a guest artist on Countdown and as a panellist on the game show Blankety Blanks.

tvweek_090978His big TV break came in 1978, playing the lead character of Jonathan Garrett in the historical mini-series Against The Wind. English also worked on the show’s soundtrack and co-composed and sung the series’ theme song, Six Ribbons.

His performance in Against The Wind led to him winning the award for Best New Talent at the TV Week Logie Awards in 1979. He also won Most Popular Male Performer at the 1980 TV Week Rock Awards.

English continued to perform on stage, as a musician and as an actor, including a successful run in musicals The Pirates Of Penzance and The Mikado.

Television acting roles were limited largely to guest spots, including Chopper Squad, Bellamy and Sweet And Sour, but he was to again take the lead in the early 1990s sitcom All Together Now, playing the part of faded ’70s rocker Bobby Rivers. The comedy series, which also starred Rebecca Gibney, Steven Jacobs and Jane Hall, ran for three years and sold well overseas.

At the time of his death English was in the middle of an Australian tour. He had cancelled his appearance in Newcastle on Sunday due to ill health. He later suffered an aortic aneurysm and passed away on Wednesday evening while in surgery.

Details of a public memorial are to be announced.

Source: The Age, Wikipedia, IMDB, TV Week.

 

 

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Mar 09 2016

1996: March 9-15

tvweek_090396Cover: Nicky Buckley (Sale Of The Century) and Catriona Rowntree (Getaway)

Long lost Friends
The battle between the Seven and Nine networks over the rights to the top ratings US sitcom Friends has been won by Seven… and Nine. Seven has secured the rights to the first season but Nine will have any subsequent series through the recent output deal it has signed with Warner Bros (the same deal that has seen Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman swap networks this year). Nine had been hoping to secure series one from Seven in exchange for something that Seven wanted. So Nine issued a somewhat premature press release that it had also secured series one. “Not true,” according to Seven’s programming chief, Chris O’Mara. “We still have series one of Friends and I plan to screen it any day now.” But while Seven and Nine are knocking each other out, passengers on Ansett Airlines have already been watching Friends on its in-flight entertainment via a separate agreement.

magdaszubanskigarrymcdonaldGarry looks back
With a list of credits including some of Australia’s most beloved shows, including The Aunty Jack Show, The Norman Gunston Show and Mother And Son, it seemed inevitable that Garry McDonald would be co-hosting (with Magda Szubanski) Seven‘s 40 Years Of Television special. In the lead up to the upcoming special, McDonald recalls his early memories of television. “I used to go across the road where they had a television and we would stand on the fence looking in their lounge-room window,” he told TV Week. “Occasionally, the big thing was you’d be invited in.” 40 Years Of Television looks at some of TV’s favourite moments, covering variety, comedy, drama and music through the decades. “There are things in the 40 Years Of Television that I don’t even remember, such as Autumn Affair. That was Australia’s first soap opera, and obviously about a relationship in its later years. Now when you look at it, it’s very funny, very melodramatic.”

claudiakarvan_0001Claudia turns up the heat!
Claudia Karvan (pictured) stars as a lawyer travelling around the countryside on a motorbike in the upcoming telemovie Heat. The $1.9 million production is the first of three planned telemovies based on the 1986 film Shame. Karvan’s character, Asta Caddell, was played by Deborra-lee Furness in the original. “I’m very excited about Asta,” Karvan told TV Week. “She is searching for the truth all the time and causing a lot of trouble. I get to pull beers, paint sheds, ride a motorbike and fight the law. I don’t even have a love interest — it’s fantastic!” Heat is currently filming in Western Australia and co-stars Sonia Todd and John Moore.

Briefly…

  • Network Ten has signed up Wendy Hughes, currently appearing in Nine‘s Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River, to take the lead role in its new drama series, State Coroner. Filming for the two-hour pilot of State Coroner is due to be completed before production resumes on The Man From Snowy River — but it is unclear if Hughes will return to the Nine series. State Coroner is a joint production between Crawford Productions and Harvey Taft Productions.
  • sylvaniawaters_0002The Donaher family (pictured) — made famous in the ABC reality series Sylvania Waters — are returning to TV screens for their first appearance since the series wound up three years ago. The family is being reunited for a 60 Minutes interview with reporter Charles Woolley.
  • Nine‘s Midday With Kerri-Anne has been an instant hit, although producers are still to sort out who will host the show’s weekly sports segment. ABC‘s Tracey Holmes has so far been presenting the segment but it is still to be decided who will sit opposite her. Producers are still unsure whether to use former test cricketer Simon O’Donnell or sign up an AFL player.
  • Dieter Brummer, who this week makes his final appearance in Home And Away after four years, has been given an open invitation be a guest reporter on Seven‘s The Great Outdoors. “I start with the show in May and that will be fun, really cool,” he told TV Week. “The only thing with travelling around and seeing everything is, because it’s work, you can’t really do it with anybody else. It gets a bit lonely.” Dieter is also to star in Foxtel‘s new soap parody Shark Bay, to be produced in Melbourne, and host the pay TV network’s teen show Future Active.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 18 February 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2119000
2 ER Nine Thu 2096000
3 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1736000
4 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1697000
5 JAG Seven Mon 1672000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1653000
7 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1635000
8 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1632000
9 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1553000
10 National Nine News Nine Sun 1552000
11 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1529000
12 The Nanny Ten Sun 1517000
13 Water Rats Nine Mon 1510000
14 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1492000
15 Our House Nine Wed 1490000
16 Great Aussie Bloopers Seven Wed 1449000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1443000
18 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1441000
19 World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1438000
20 Weddings Nine Wed 1434000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, March 9-15):
Saturday: The Final Qualifying Session of the Australian Grand Prix (11am, Nine) is live from Albert Park, Melbourne. The Cricket World Cup continues with the First Quarter Final (3pm, Nine) from Faisalabad, Pakistan, and the Second Quarter Final (8.30pm, Nine) live from Bangalore. Beyond 2000 (4.30pm, Ten) reports on Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, the volcano which is set to erupt again, endangering the millions of people living at its base.

Sunday: The Australian Grand Prix (11am, Nine) is live from its new home at Albert Park, Melbourne. Ken Sutcliffe and Jackie Stewart host the coverage which includes commentary by Alan Jones, Darrell Eastlake, Murray Walker and Jonathan Palmer. Background reports are provided by Anne-Maree Sparkman, Geoff Hutchinson, Mary Gearin and Eddie McGuire. Sports Sunday (4pm, Nine) returns with a special post-Grand Prix edition. In Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), the arrival of Jewish refugees in Patersons Ridge causes friction. Sunday night movies are Crocodile Dundee (repeat, Nine) and Back To The Future Part III (repeat, Ten). This week’s episode of drama anthology Naked: Stories Of Men (8.30pm, ABC) is Fisherman’s Wake, a deeply personal account of one man’s relationship with his father.

Monday: The Labour Day long weekend in Melbourne brings the annual Moomba festival to TV, with the Moomba Street Parade (11am, Seven), featuring 1996 Moomba Monarch Marina Prior, followed by the International Moomba Masters water-skiing (12pm, Seven), live from the Yarra River. The Third Quarter Final of the Cricket World Cup (3pm to 6pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Nine) is telecast from Karachi, Pakistan. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) spend their last night in Summer Bay. After The Beep (8pm, ABC), a new seven-part comedy series from the producers of Mother And Son, debuts — starring Genevieve Lemon (Prisoner, Neighbours), Genevieve Mooy (Frontline), Kerry Walker and Emily Weare. 

kimgyngell_0001Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) passes away in Angel’s (Melissa George) arms. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), tensions run high as a prison is proposed for Mount Thomas. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Henry’s (Steve Bisley) nephew Max (Daniel Taylor) causes problems for the family when he becomes engrossed in his computer. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Seldom (Damian Pike) comes face to face with a figure from his past, criminal nightclub owner Jimmy Runyon (Kim Gyngell, pictured).

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Susan (Jackie Woodburne) is given a birthday surprise by her family. The First Semi-Final of the Cricket World Cup (8pm, Nine) is telecast from Calcutta, India.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Fisher (Norman Coburn) helps Angel (Melissa George) make the funeral arrangements. The Second Semi-Final of the Cricket World Cup (8pm, Nine) is live from Chandigarh, India.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), the police stake out Ramsay Street to catch the drug fiends. Due to the Cricket World Cup coverage, The Footy Show (8.30pm, Nine) makes a special appearance on Friday, hosted by Eddie McGuire.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 9 March 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

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Mar 06 2016

1996: March 2-8

tvweek_020396Cover: Melissa George (Home And Away)

‘I was crying every night’
Joining the cast of Neighbours was meant to be a dream come true for Brisbane actress Emma Harrison. Instead, she became desperately homesick and struggled with the pressure of the high profile publicity that comes with being in the long-running soap. “For six months I was very down and lonely,” she told TV Week. “Things were hard and I was under a lot of stress that really took its toll. I’d call my mum crying every night, but she told me to hang in there and reminded me that it’s not easy for everyone.” Despite initial concerns of working alongside Kimberley Davies, the pair did become good friends. “I’d never met Kimberley before and she’d been built up to be this beautiful, glamorous star. Also, I suppose it was scary that I was cast as Kimberley’s sister. But we became friends and developed a great working relationship. I learned a lot from her.” Now that her contract has been renewed, Harrison is feeling much more comfortable in herself and her work. “Last year was really testing, but it’s made me stronger.”

dieterbrummer_0001Dieter’s dramatic final scenes
Home And Away‘s Dieter Brummer (pictured) makes his final appearance in the series in emotional scenes going to air this week. The episode sees his character Shane decide to organise a celebration lunch for his pregnant wife, Angel (Melissa George), and her son, Dylan (Corey Glaister), as a surprise for their first wedding anniversary. But during the picnic at a scenic lookout, Shane collapses and stops breathing. The emotional episode marks an end to Brummer’s four-year run in the series — but fans won’t have to wait long to see him back on TV. Brummer is to begin work soon on Foxtel‘s new soap opera parody Shark Bay. He is also set to host Foxtel’s weekend cartoon show, Future Active.

martinhendersonBlood, tears and Sweat!
Network Ten hopes to strike gold with its new teen sports drama, Sweat. The $5 million 13-part series is currently in production in Perth and features Martin Henderson (Echo Point), Tai Nguyen (Heartbreak High), Melissa Thomas (Brides Of Christ, E Street) and newcomer Heath Ledger. Henderson (pictured), who plays the part of swimmer Tom Nash, is full of admiration for the real-life sports stars who commit their lives to competition. “The hours they put in, up-and-down, up-and-down… I admire them and respect them,” he told TV Week. “I’ve never swum properly in my life and I was a bit nervous about that coming into the role. We’ve had lessons to get our style right. Tom is a great role. He’s always been a jet in the pool, a winner, and he has an arrogance about that.” To maintain authenticity on screen, body doubles are used for some of the swimming scenes. Sweat is expected to debut around mid-year, before the start of the Atlanta Olympic Games.

colinfrielsColin patrols the small screen
Colin Friels (pictured) may have worked more in films, but his career is taking a turn with the leading role in Nine‘s new series Water Rats. “People attach a certain stigma to doing television,” he told TV Week. “I never have. Actors are actors as far as I’m concerned. I’ve seen some of the worst acting in my life on $89 million budget films, and I’ve seen some wonderful acting in a $100,000 video.”

Briefly…

  • Santo Cilauro and Frontline Productions are following Prime Minister Paul Keating on the election trail for a documentary to screen on ABC later this month.
  • Industry rumours suggest that Network Ten is looking at the possibility of bringing its failed soap Echo Point back to life. The network is believed to have asked producers Southern Star Xanadu to look at the logistics in re-starting production. Suggestions of Echo Point‘s return indicate that all might not be well with Neighbours, which has struggled in ratings this year.
  • Melissa Jaffer, who this week makes her first appearance as the new doctor in GP, says that her character is one of the most powerful she has undertaken. “When you get to my age it is quite a privilege to be offered such a job,” she told TV Week. “I honestly didn’t believe that role would go to a woman. I, like everyone else, am conditioned to think such a role would go to a man.”
  • The US pilot F/X, starring Cameron Daddo, has been given approval to go into a series and may move production to Australia, to the Warner-Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast. F/X is set to broadcast on independent stations in the US and on the Seven Network in Australia.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 11 February 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 60 Minutes Nine Sun 2209000
2 ER Nine Thu 1907000
3 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1900000
4 JAG Seven Mon 1872000
5 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1838000
6 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1749000
7 Movie: The Client Nine Sun 1736000
8 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1680000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1646000
10 National Nine News Nine Sun 1633000
11 The Nanny Ten Sun 1591000
12 Hudson Street Ten Sun 1584000
13 The X Files Ten Wed 1550000
14 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1535000
15 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1523000
16 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1504000
17 The Best And Worst Of Red Faces Nine Mon 1492000
18 Ellen Seven Thu 1474000
19 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1472000
20 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1471000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, March 2-8):
sandrasully_0002Saturday: The Ansett Australia Cup features Sydney versus North Melbourne (2pm, Seven), live from Canberra, and later Carlton versus Essendon (9.30pm, Seven), live from Waverley Park, Melbourne. Coverage of the 1996 Federal Election is across all networks: ABC’s starts at 6pm, breaking only for a brief news bulletin at 7pm, and continuing through to 11.30pm, hosted by Kerry O’Brien and Maxine McKew with Barrie Cassidy; David Johnston hosts Seven’s coverage from 6.30pm, including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Cheryl Kernot and Peter Reith; Ray Martin hosts Nine’s coverage (6.30pm to 11pm) with commentary from Laurie Oakes, Paul Lyneham, Graham Richardson, Peter Costello, Simon Crean and Cheryl Kernot; while Ten’s coverage is limited to a 90-minute program, Showdown ’96 (9.30pm), with Sandra Sully (pictured) and Paul Bongiorno, joined by senators Robert Hill and Stephen Loosely; and SBS presents regular updates during the evening and a special 9.30pm edition of World News.

Sunday: The final episode of documentary series Nearly Normal Nimbin (7.30pm, SBS) looks at the children of the town and questions them on growing up in a commune. The new drama series Naked: Stories Of Men (8.30pm, ABC) begins with Coral Island, the story of four men gathered at a 20th anniversary dinner at a Jesuit boarding school. The Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Brisbane versus Geelong, live from Brisbane. Sunday night movies are Made In America (repeat, Nine), Point Break (repeat, Ten) and the Indian film Splendour (SBS).

Monday: Midday With Kerri-Anne (12pm, Nine) is presented live from Melbourne in the lead up to the Australian Grand Prix. The Cricket World Cup (2.30pm, Nine) features Australia versus West Indies, live from Jaipur, India. In Pacific Drive (11.15pm, Nine), radio announcer Trey (Lloyd Morris) gets out of line on air and Georgina (Kate Raison) pulls the plug; Tim (Darrin Klimek) starts to show interest in a gigolo’s life; and Martin (Joss McWilliam) almost catches Joel (Adrian Lee) hocking jewellery for Amber (Christine Stephen-Daly).

melissajafferTuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Irene (Lynne McGranger) agrees to become a surrogate mother. In the series return of GP (8.30pm, ABC), the Ross Street surgery welcomes new doctor Maureen Riordan (Melissa Jaffer, pictured), while Henry (Steve Bisley) and Sonia (Zoe Carides) make the first steps towards consummating their new relationship. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), Adam (Damian Walshe-Howling) fights for his life after a drag racing accident.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Jen (Alyce Platt) bids farewell to Ramsay Street and departs for Arnhem Land. Don Parham presents highlights of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (8.30pm, ABC), which took place over the weekend.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Sam (Richard Grieve) is reluctant to enter the Grandchild Of The Year contest until he realises the prize is $10,000. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Irene (Lynne McGranger) and Fin (Tina Thomsen) fret about making arrangements for the surrogacy.

Friday: Due to Cricket World Cup commitments over the weekend, Hey Hey It’s Saturday becomes Hey Hey It’s Friday (8.30pm, Nine), with a special edition ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Highlights of the first qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix are hosted by Darrell Eastlake (10.30pm, Nine).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 2 March 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

Permanent link to this article: http://televisionau.com/2016/03/1996-march-2-8.html

Mar 02 2016

Obituary: Don Battye

donbattyeDon Battye, former producer for both Crawford and Grundy production houses, has died at the age of 77.

Starting out as an actor from the age of nine through to his 20s — including an appearance in an early TV production, the play The Big Day in 1959 — Battye went on to write for theatre. He then joined Crawford Productions in 1969, initially as a scriptwriter before moving on to production roles. He worked on drama series including Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police, Bluey and The Box.

He left Crawfords in 1977 to join the then Reg Grundy Organisation, working as both a writer and producer. His credits at Grundy included Chopper Squad, Bellamy, The Restless Years, Possession and Waterloo Station. He was producer for the long-running series Sons And Daughters and with Peter Pinne co-wrote the show’s signature theme tune that was played on all 972 episodes.

He later worked on Neighbours, Richmond Hill and the mini-series Tanamera: Lion Of Singapore.

Upon retiring in 1998, Battye moved to the Philippines, where he continued to pursue an interest in writing musical arrangements for old Australian, West End and American musicals which had never been recorded.

Source: IMDB, Perfect BlendCrawfordProductions.tv

 

 

 

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Feb 28 2016

1996: February 24-March 1

tvweek_240296Brits ban ‘greedy’ Aussie soap stars
Magazine titles in the United Kingdom are banning Australian soap stars from their pages in protest at the large sums being asked for interviews and photo shoots. The editors of the magazines have written to the actors’ agents, complaining that some of the asking prices — some as high as $60,000 — have got out of hand. Former Neighbours star Dan Falzon has admitted that he and his agent have knocked back interviews in the past because money was not forthcoming, but the actor says he is reconsidering his position. “You need the publicity and it is better to keep the magazines as friends,” he told TV Week. Meanwhile, Lori Miles, editor of UK magazine TV Quick, said she was shocked when Kimberley Davies‘ (pictured) agent demanded $120,000 for a photo shoot. Davies’ London agent, Phil Dale, insists he never asked such a high figure but says that he would expect the magazines should pay for the actors’ services. “If the magazines want time out of these actors’ lives, they have to pay them,” he told TV Week. Meanwhile, the British government is cracking down on work permits for the annual pantomime season — where Aussie actors have been known to get paid up to $20,000 a week. Although Falzon and Davies were successful in negotiating permits for panto appearances, on the basis that they were “famous” enough, other stars such as Dieter Brummer and Natalie Imbruglia were denied permission. Former Neighbours star Scott Michaelson missed out on a role in the British soap Brookside after the government would not grant him a permit. The British backlash against the soapie stars is also penalising actors from other shows such as Blue Heelers. Lisa McCune, who recently toured the UK with co-star John Wood to promote the show, said they weren’t even being approached by magazines. “Some publications stayed away because they thought we wanted to get paid,” McCune told TV Week.

timferguson_0003Don’t forget your day job!
Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush host Tim Ferguson (pictured) is looking relaxed after taking his first holiday in 10 years, but is anticipating a busy year ahead. As well as the return of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Ferguson and Nine are looking at other projects. Although a return date and timeslot has not yet been locked in for the show’s return, he is optimistic about Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush‘s future. “Professionally speaking, the show was really good,” he told TV Week. “Ratings-wise we had an uphill battle, but we knew it was going to be tricky.”

Daryl to host Logies
Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Daryl Somers has been announced as the host of the upcoming 38th annual TV Week Logie Awards. “It’s the third time I’ve hosted the Logies and I have fond memories of the past two occasions (1988 and 1991). I’m sure this will be just as memorable,” he told TV Week. The awards presentation will be held in April.

Briefly…

  • Last week it was reported that Rowena Wallace was approached about a role in the upcoming soap parody Shark Bay. Other names also believed to have approached include former soapie stars Zoe Bertram, Raelee Hill, Tina Thomsen and Alyssa-Jane Cook.
  • grahamkennedy_4In looking back at his career for TV Week‘s tribute to 40 years of television, Graham Kennedy (pictured) names an unusual career highlight — narrating the documentary series The Blainey View for ABC. “Of course, Channel 2 played the series at 9.30 on Sunday nights thus guaranteeing a zero audience. But it was very satisfying working alongside those documentary experts, like David Goldie and Chris Masters.”
  • ellemcfeast_0001On the eve of the return of her show McFeast, Elle McFeast (Lisbeth Gorr, pictured) was asked to predict the outcome of the upcoming federal election. “I’ll leave that to the voters,” she told TV Week. “A nation that has the Gladiators as one of its most popular shows will make the right decision. We’ll probably get someone called Vulcan for a prime minister.”

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 4 February 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Movie: Jag Seven Mon 2171000
2 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1829000
3 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1795000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 1689000
5 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1682000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1636000
7 The Mommies Seven Mon 1611000
8 Party Of Five Ten Sun 1608000
9 Ellen Seven Mon 1585000
10 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1572000
11 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1539000
12 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1538000
13 Home And Away Seven M-F 1412000
14 National Nine News Nine Sat 1410000
15 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1388000
16 The Nanny Ten Sun 1387000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1386000
18 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1356000
19 Movie: Mississippi Burning Ten Sun 1277000
20 Heartbeat ABC Sat 1248000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, February 27-March 1):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (4.30pm, Ten) reports on the world’s first flying saucer being built in the Russian town of Saratov. The Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Hawthorn versus St Kilda, live from Waverley Park, Melbourne,

Sunday: In the lead up to next weekend’s federal election, The Debate: The Prime Minister Paul Keating Vs The Leader Of The Opposition, John Howard (7.30pm, ABC). Sunday night movies are Malice (repeat, Seven), Posse (Nine) and Unlawful Entry (repeat, Ten). The Cricket World Cup (11pm, Nine) features England versus South Africa, from Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), the shark-ravaged body of a champion ironman is washed up on the beach and a forensic examiner says he died of a heart attack, his body full of steroids. The Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Fitzroy versus Footscray.

tottiegoldsmith_0001Tuesday: The Cricket World Cup (8pm, Nine), featuring Australia versus India, is live from Bombay. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), the inquest into the death of a notorious child killer is about to open and Nick (William McInnes) is the prime suspect. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Tex (Tottie Goldsmith, pictured) is forced to confront her future as a firie.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) discovers who her mother is. Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Collingwood versus Richmond. In Pacific Drive (11.15pm, Nine), Trey (Lloyd Morris) turns a dinner party into a nightmare; and Zoe (Libby Tanner) declares her passion for Callie (Danielle Spencer).

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Finlay (Tina Thomsen) comes home after calling off her engagement. The 38th Annual Grammy Awards (8.30pm, Seven), hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, are on delayed telecast from the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The Cricket World Cup (11pm, Nine) features Pakistan versus South Africa, from Karachi.

Friday: The Cricket World Cup (2.30pm to 6pm, 7pm to 10.15pm, Nine) features Australia versus Zimbabwe. In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Stonie (Anthony Engelman) tries valiantly to impress a girl at university, but she only has eyes for Mal (Benjie McNair).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 24 February 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

 

 

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Feb 25 2016

Obituary: Sonia Borg

soniaborgSonia Borg, writer, producer and actor from various Crawford productions, died earlier this month.

Born in Vienna in 1931, Borg studied acting before she and her family moved to India, where her father secured a job as an engineer. Borg joined Shakespeareana International, a theatre company that toured various countries including India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Her family then came to Australia in 1961, and Borg went on to start at Crawford Productions as a drama coach. She wrote her first scripts for the Crawford drama series Consider Your Verdict and was a producer for later episodes.

She went on to write, produce and appear in episodes of Homicide, Matlock Police and Division 4.

Writing credits for television also included The Spoiler, Rush, Power Without Glory, Solo One, Young Ramsay, I Can Jump Puddles, Women Of The Sun, Ratbag Hero and Mercury.

She was also an actor, casting director, associate producer, freelance scriptwriter and script assessor for the Australian Film Commission and had worked for the ABC. In 1985 Borg was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for her services to the film and television industry.

Sonia Borg passed away earlier this month at an aged care facility in Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Source: IMDB, AusLit, Otway Health

 

 

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Feb 23 2016

7flix: The first week

7flix_0001The Seven Network has released the first schedule for its new channel, 7flix, which is due to open on Sunday 28 February.

The schedule promises an emphasis on movies — with a movie every night at 8.30pm, vintage movies at 3.00am and movie marathons every Friday and Saturday night.

7flix debuts with eight episodes of Once Upon A Time, followed by the pilot for The Muppets and then six movies.

Other TV titles during the week include The Amazing Race, The Muppets, Quantico and Grey’s Anatomy. Classic comedies include Bewitched, I Dream Of Jeannie, Seinfeld, Who’s The Boss?, The Nanny, Good Times, Benson, Just Shoot Me and Married With Children.

7flix will be available on Channel 76 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and regional Queensland. Carriage of the channel via affiliate broadcasters in other areas is yet to be advised.

The channel will also be available online via PLUS7.

(evenings marked in red)

Sunday 28:

06:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Witch Hunt (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Once Upon A Time: The Tower (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Quiet Minds (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Once Upon A Time: It’s Not Easy Being Green (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Once Upon A Time: The Jolly Roger (R) ’CC’
11:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Bleeding Through (R) ’CC’
11:50 AM Once Upon A Time: A Curious Thing (R) ’CC’
12:40 PM Once Upon A Time: Kansas (R) ’CC’
01:30 PM The Muppets: Pig Girls Don’t Cry (Pilot) ’CC’
02:00 PM 7flix Sunday Afternoon Movie: Frenemies (R) ’CC’ (2012)
04:00 PM 7flix Sunday Afternoon Movie: Geek Charming (R) ’CC’ (2011)
06:10 PM 7flix Sunday Night Movie: Princess Diaries 2 – Royal Engagement (R) ’CC’ (2004)
08:30 PM 7flix Sunday Night Movie: Love Actually (R) ’CC’ (2003)
11:00 PM 7flix Sunday Late Night Movie: The Unborn (R) ’CC’ (2009)
01:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Born To Kill (R) (1947)
03:00 AM The Saint In London: The Saint In London (R) (1939)
04:30 AM The Falcon’s Adventure: The Falcon’s Adventure (R) (1946)

Monday 29:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Milo Vs. Milo/ Everything But The Kitchen Sink (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Tourist Trapped (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: For Your Ice Only / Happy New Year! (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Stan Of The House (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Treasure Of The Pirate Mummy’s
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Just One Of The Princes (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: The Huggleflower / Monster Lullaby (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Eco (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Once Upon A Time: Snow Drifts (R) ’CC’
11:00 AM Once Upon A Time: There’s No Place Like Home (R) ’CC’
12:00 PM Quantico: Run (R) ’CC’ SERIES RETURN
01:00 PM Quantico: America (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: Cover (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: I, Darrin, Take This Witch Samantha (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Lady In The Bottle (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Pilot (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Briefless Encounter (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Pilot (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Thinnergy (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Once Upon A Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over ’CC’
07:30 PM Once Upon A Time: A Tale Of Two Sisters ’CC’ SEASON PREMIERE
08:30 PM 7flix Monday Night Movie: You, Me and Dupree (R) ’CC’
10:30 PM First Dates (R) ’CC’
11:30 PM Cougar Town: Blue Sunday (R) ’CC’
12:00 AM Married With Children: Pilot (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Thinnergy (R)
01:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Pilot (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Briefless Encounter (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Lady In The Bottle (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Bewitched: I, Darrin, Take This Witch Samantha (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Dance, Girl, Dance (R) (1940)
05:00 AM Good Times: Getting Up The Rent
05:30 AM Good Times: Black Jesus

Tuesday 1:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Labor Of Love (Part 1 And 2) (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Legend Of Gobblewonker (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Fly On The Wall / My Sweet Ride (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: The Fast And The Furriest (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Invisible Jake / Who’s A Pretty Bird? (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM Sofia The First: The Big Sleepover (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Astrobrix / The Sore Roar (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Sports (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Change (Pilot) (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Trust Me (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Getting Up The Rent (R)
11:30 AM Good Times: Black Jesus (R)
12:00 PM Quantico: Kill (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Found (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: God (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Be It Ever So Mortgaged (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: My Hero (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Angela’s First Fight (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Mona Gets Pinned (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: But I Didn’t Shoot The Deputy (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Whose Room Is It Anyway? (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: Male Unbonding (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Stakeout (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Robbery (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Muppets: Bear Left Then Bear Right ’CC’
08:00 PM The Muppets: Pig Out ’CC’
08:30 PM 7flix Tuesday Night Movie: Click (R) ’CC’ (2006)
10:25 PM 7flix Tuesday Late Night Movie: Any Questions For Ben? ’CC’ (2011)
12:55 AM Married With Children: But I Didn’t Shoot The Deputy (R)
01:30 AM Married With Children: Whose Room Is It Anyway? (R)
02:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Angela’s First Fight (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Mona Gets Pinned (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM Bewitched: Be It Ever So Mortgaged (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: My Life With Caroline (R) (1941)
05:00 AM Benson: Change (Pilot) (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Trust Me (R)

Wednesday 2:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: South Pacific/ Assignment: Babies (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Headhunters (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Bully Bust/ Backyard Hodge Podge (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Dog With A Hog (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Captain Gizmo / Jake’s Pirate Swap
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Let The Good Times Troll (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Runaway Dough / The Copymonster (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Mexican Wrestler (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: The President’s Double (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Benson In Love (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Too Old Blues
11:30 AM Good Times: God’s Business Is Good Business
12:00 PM Quantico: Go ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Over ’CC’
02:00 PM Quantico: Guilty (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: Guess What Happened On The Way To The Moon? (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: A Rash Decision (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Dinner For Two (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Have You Driven A Ford Lately (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: Sixteen Years And What Do You Get (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: The Stock Tip (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Ex-Girlfriend (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Pony Remark (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Mindy Project: Danny Castellano Is My Personal Trainer ’CC’
08:00 PM The Mindy Project: LA ’CC’
08:30 PM 7flix Wednesday Night Movie: Captain Phillips (R) ’CC’ (2013)
11:00 PM Cougar Town: I Need To Know (R) ’CC’
11:30 PM Cougar Town: Between Two Worlds (R) ’CC’
12:00 AM Married With Children: Have You Driven A Ford Lately (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Sixteen Years And What Do You Get (R)
01:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: A Rash Decision (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Dinner For Two (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM Bewitched: It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dog (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: Guess What Happened On The Way To The Moon? (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Behind The Rising Sun (R) (1943)
05:00 AM Benson: The President’s Double (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Benson In Love (R)

Thursday 3:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Live At The Hamsterwood Bowl/ A Charity Fair To Remember (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Hand That Rocks The Mabel (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Der Kinderlumper/ Just Desserts (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: Wingstan (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Pirate Genie Tales (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM Sofia The First: Cedric’s Apprentice (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: The Henry Show / Megabouncers (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Comics (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Conflict Of Interest (R)
10:30 AM Benson: The Layoff (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Michael Gets Suspended
11:30 AM Good Times: Junior Gets A Patron
12:00 PM Quantico: Quantico (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM Quantico: Inside (R) ’CC’ SEASON FINAL
02:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: Pilot (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Mother Meets Whats-His-Name (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Marriage Caper (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Sorority Sister (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Truth In Dating (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM Married With Children: Married … Without Children (R)
05:30 PM Married With Children: The Poker Game (R)
06:00 PM Seinfeld: The Busboy (R) ’CC’
06:30 PM Seinfeld: The Baby Shower (R) ’CC’
07:00 PM Seinfeld: The Jacket (R) ’CC’
07:30 PM The Amazing Race: I Should’ve Been A Boy Scout SEASON PREMIERE
08:30 PM 7flix Thursday Night Movie: 2012 (R) (2009)
11:30 PM The Amazing Race: I Should’ve Been A Boy Scout (R)
12:30 AM Married With Children: Married … Without Children (R)
01:00 AM Married With Children: The Poker Game (R)
01:30 AM Who’s The Boss?: Sorority Sister (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Truth In Dating (R) ’CC’
02:30 AM Bewitched: Mother Meets Whats-His-Name (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Marriage Caper (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: Action In Arabia (R) (1944)
05:00 AM Benson: Conflict Of Interest (R)
05:30 AM Benson: The Layoff (R)

Friday 4:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Unresolved Fishues/ Hats Amore (R) ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: The Inconveniencing (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Phineas And Ferb: Sidetracked (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Dog With A Blog: World Of Woofcraft (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Jake And The Never Land Pirates: Cubby’s Crabby Crusade / The Never Sands Of Time
08:30 AM Sofia The First: A Royal Mess (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM Henry Hugglemonster: Bye Bye Beckett / Pet Party (R)
09:30 AM Art Attack: Pirates and Princesses (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Snowbound (R)
10:30 AM Benson: Jessica (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: Sex And The Evans Family
11:30 AM Good Times: Junior The Senior
12:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: It’s All Her Fault (R) ’CC’
01:00 PM How To Get Away With Murder: Smile Or Go To Jail (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Grey’s Anatomy: Sledgehammer (R) ’CC’
03:00 PM Bewitched: Help, Help, Don’t Save Me (R) ’CC’
03:30 PM I Dream Of Jeannie: G.I. Jeannie (R) ’CC’
04:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Sports Buddies (R) ’CC’
04:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Requiem (R) ’CC’
05:00 PM 7flix Friday Afternoon Movie: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2011)
06:30 PM 7flix Friday Night Movie: Hotel Transylvania ’CC’ (2012)
08:30 PM 7flix Friday Night Movie: Sister Act (R) ’CC’ (1992)
10:15 PM 7flix Friday Late Night Movie: The Lost Valentine (R) ’CC’ (2011)
12:15 AM The Amazing Race: Double Your Money (R) ’CC’
01:10 AM The Amazing Race: Long Hair, Don’t Care (R) ’CC’
02:05 AM The Amazing Race: There’s No Crying In Baseball (R) ’CC’
03:00 AM Who’s The Boss?: Sports Buddies (R) ’CC’
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: The Falcon And The Co-Eds (R) (1943)
05:00 AM Benson: Snowbound (R)
05:30 AM Benson: Jessica (R)

Saturday 5:

06:00 AM Fish Hooks: Bye Bye Bea Bea/ Glass Man Standing ’CC’
06:30 AM Gravity Falls: Dipper vs. Manliness (R) ’CC’
07:00 AM Bewitched: Little Pitches Have Big Fears (R) ’CC’
07:30 AM Bewitched: The Witches Are Out (R) ’CC’
08:00 AM Bewitched: The Girl Reporter (R) ’CC’
08:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Yacht Murder Case (R) ’CC’
09:00 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: Anybody Here Seen Jeannie (R) ’CC’
09:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: The Moving Finger (R) ’CC’
10:00 AM Benson: Don’t Quote Me (R) DOUBLE EPISODE
10:30 AM Benson: War Stories (R)
11:00 AM Good Times: The Visitor DOUBLE EPISODE
11:30 AM Good Times: Springtime In The Ghetto
12:00 PM Diff’rent Strokes: Movin’ In (R) DOUBLE EPISODE
12:30 PM Diff’rent Strokes: The Social Worker (R)
01:00 PM Who’s The Boss?: Samantha’s Growing Up (R) ’CC’
01:30 PM Who’s The Boss?: Paint Your Wagon (R) ’CC’
02:00 PM Just Shoot Me!: Back Issues
02:30 PM Just Shoot Me!: The Devil And Maya Gallo
03:00 PM The Nanny: Pilot (R)
03:35 PM The Nanny: Smoke Gets In Your Lies (R)
04:10 PM 7flix Saturday Afternoon Movie: Honey 2 (R) ’CC’ (2011)
06:30 PM 7flix Saturday Night Movie: Guarding Tess (R) (1994)
08:30 PM 7flix Saturday Night Movie: Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (R) ’CC’ (1993)
10:25 PM 7flix Saturday Late Night Movie: Cloverfield (R) (2008)
12:25 AM Who’s The Boss?: Requiem (R) ’CC’
12:55 AM Bewitched: Help, Help, Don’t Save Me (R) ’CC’
01:30 AM I Dream Of Jeannie: G.I. Jeannie (R) ’CC’
02:00 AM 7flix Late Movie: Having Wonderful Time (R) (1938)
03:30 AM 7flix Late Movie: Allegheny Uprising (R) (1939)
05:00 AM Benson: Don’t Quote Me (R)
05:30 AM Benson: War Stories (R)

 

 

 

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Feb 23 2016

1996: February 17-23

tvweek_170296Cover: Teri Hatcher (Lois And Clark The New Adventures Of Superman)

What’s Up Doc? signs Steven
Just Kidding co-host Steven Jacobs has signed on as the new host of Nine‘s cartoon show What’s Up Doc? Jacobs replaces previous host Catriona Rowntree, who is now working on Nine’s Getaway program. What’s Up Doc? now moves from its Saturday morning timeslot to weekday afternoons and dashes previous plans for an afternoon cartoon show hosted by Plucka Duck from Hey Hey It’s Saturday, for which a pilot had been taped. “The pilot was great but it cannot proceed because of our contract with Warner Bros. They weren’t keen for another character, Plucka, to introduce their Warner cartoons,” a Nine spokesperson told TV Week.

janehall_0003The honeymoon is over!
Weddings host Jane Hall (pictured) has spoken out about her recent departure from Foxtel‘s Breakfast Time program, denying earlier reports that her exit was a condition of continuing on Weddings. “I’m upset that I will not be working at Foxtel any more,” she told TV Week. “But my leaving was a decision I made. It wasn’t a condition of my continuing as host of Weddings. To do both things would have made it difficult logistically, because Foxtel is in Sydney and Weddings is produced in Melbourne. I prefer to put all my efforts into one thing at a time.”

kellypummeroy_0001Bomb scare rocks Talk To The Animals
A recent assignment to Israel has left Talk To The Animals reporters Richard Fitzgerald and Kelly Pummeroy (pictured) fearing for their lives. A small, early morning earthquake left Fitzgerald quietly amused. “I’d heard the guys in our crew saying they’d felt earth tremors, and I was upset that I had slept through them. On our last night I woke up to an earthquake. I jumped out of bed because I wanted to feel what it was like,” he told TV Week. But his colleague was not so flippant. “I didn’t think it was funny at all,” she said. “It was dark and I was asleep when I heard creaking, and then realised I was moving. I thought, ‘It’s nearly Christmas and I’m going to die in this hotel’.” Fitzgerald had also endured a bomb scare at Ben Gurion Airport. “I was standing in line at the airport with my luggage, when all of a sudden people started running out the door and the security people came towards me. I went to grab my trolley but they wouldn’t let me take it. When we go away on stories, we hold deadly spiders and snakes, but when you hear the words, ‘There’s a bomb’ and you’re in Israel, it’s scary.” The bomb threat later proved to be a false alarm.

Briefly…

  • rowenawallace_0004Steve Vizard’s production company Artist Services is developing a daily five-minute soap parody for Foxtel. Shark Bay opens with the premise that the series has already been running for 5000 episodes. Rowena Wallace (pictured) is believed to be in discussion with producers over playing a character not unlike her “Pat the Rat” role from Sons And Daughters.
  • Southern Star Xanadu, the team behind Police Rescue, Cody and Echo Point, are developing a new medical drama, but producer John Edwards is not revealing which network the project is for. Network Ten already has a medical drama in planning, from the producers of Fire.
  • ABC has two sitcom projects in development. Common Law, from Hey Dad! creator Gary Reilly, is set in a courtroom and described as a cross between Night Court and Yes Minister. The other series, Skin Deep, is about two sisters who are separated at birth and reunited at work in a beauty salon. Casting for both sitcoms is yet to be announced.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 28 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1781000
2 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1656000
3 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1640000
4 National Nine News Nine M-F 1626000
5 The Mommies Seven Mon 1567000
6 Home And Away Seven M-F 1547000
7 Movie: The ‘Burbs Ten Sun 1501000
8 Ellen Seven Mon 1485000
9 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1470000
10 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1469000
11 Party Of Five Ten Sun 1463000
12 National Nine News Nine Sun 1433000
13 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1407000
14 Video, Vigilantes And Voyeurism Nine Mon 1390000
15 The X Files Ten Wed 1379000
16 Movie: Outrageous Fortune Seven Mon 1372000
17 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1336000
18 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1328000
19 The Nanny Ten Sun 1280000
20 Tennis: Australian Open (Finals) Seven Sun 1266000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, February 17-23):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (4.30pm, Ten) reports on a gadget that stops children watching violence on TV. Gladiators (6.30pm, Seven) returns with its International Series, based in Birmingham and featuring teams from Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, South Africa and America.

Sunday: In Talk To The Animals (6.30pm, Seven), Steve Oemcke visits a mouse circus in New Zealand where 700 mice are part of the show. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Kathleen (Wendy Hughes) is summoned to appear before a Parliamentary Committee after she publishes information about a new railway line. The new series Nearly Normal Nimbin (7.30pm, SBS) looks at the social evolution of the northern New South Wales town of Nimbin, from the 1973 Aquarius Festival to the present day. Sunday night movies are Fire In The Sky (Seven), Leap Of Faith (Nine), The Substitute Wife (Ten) and Europa Europa (ABC).

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), an abandoned ship, with a dog on board, some scorched bones and heaps of ashed remains, arrives in Sydney waters from Thailand. In the telemovie Cody: The Burn Out (8.30pm, Seven), Cody (Gary Sweet) is called in to help Delta Task Force track down a group of arsonists. In Pacific Drive (11pm, Nine), Tim (Darrin Klimek) realises there is a dark side to Pacific Drive.

donnameiklejohnTuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Cheryl (Colette Mann) realises the truth about the relationship between Brett (Brett Blewitt) and Judy (Merridy Eastman). In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Jack (Daniel Amalm) has a hand in the wrecking of the surf club. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when a child killer is discovered in Mount Thomas, Nick (William McInnes) gets personally involved and risks losing everything when he’s implicated in the suspect’s death. Donna Meiklejohn (pictured) returns with a new series of audience feedback program Backchat (9.20pm, ABC).

Wednesday: Lifestyle show Our House (7.30pm, Nine) returns with a new series, featuring presenters Rebecca Gilling, Shirley Strachan, Reg Livermore, Tracey Dale and Peter Harris. 

petabrady_0001Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Joanna (Emma Harrison) is shattered by Cody’s (Peta Brady, pictured) cruel jibes. Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine) includes Simon Reeve‘s report on the booming business of animal trafficking in Brazil. Eddie McGuire returns with a new season of The Footy Show (9.30pm, Nine), featuring Sam Newman, Doug Hawkins, Jason Dunstall, James Hird, Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon.

Friday: The AFL Ansett Australia Cup (8.30pm, Seven) features Adelaide versus Melbourne, live from Football Park, Adelaide.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 17 February 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

 

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